Poll: Hillary Clinton best-known, best-liked potential 2016 contender

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonStriking Verizon workers reach tentative deal Carson: US present course set for 'carnage and death' Dems see political gold in fight over Trump's taxes MORE is the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a Gallup survey released Thursday.

The poll found 91 percent of people are familiar with Clinton, and she carries a 19-point net favorable rating.

More than half of the public views the former secretary of State favorably and just over one-third view her unfavorably.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), who heads to Iowa Thursday to test the 2016 waters, is among the potential GOP presidential contenders Gallup included in its survey.

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Nearly two-thirds of people said they are familiar with Christie. Thirty-three percent view him favorably and 32 percent view him unfavorably.

Sixty-five percent also said they are familiar with former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). Thirty-one percent said they view him favorably and 34 percent view him unfavorably.

The public is least familiar with Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) among potential GOP candidates.

A majority of the public also said they are familiar with Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulLibertarian ticket will get super-PAC support Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (R-Ky.), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.).

Huckabee and Paul received the highest net favorability ratings with 12 percentage points and 9 percentage points, respectively. 

As for Clinton’s potential Democratic competitors if she runs, just over half said they are familiar with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.). Thirty-eight percent said they are familiar with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), with 21 percent viewing her favorably and 17 percent viewing her unfavorably. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) was the contender with whom people are the least familiar.

Eighty percent said they are familiar with Vice President Biden, but he received a negative net favorability rating. The poll found 38 percent view him favorably while 42 percent view him unfavorably.

The poll surveyed 1,013 people between July 7 and 10 with a 4 percentage point margin of error. 

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